Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The HR Skills Gap

I really love human resources work. You should too. What other profession deals with the most challenging human behavior? Who else is expected to have a global view every day while still managing the details of workforce planning, new technologies, staffing shortages, endless regulations, and still be ridiculously positive every step of the way?

Human Resources, that's who.

Balance is Hard
The list above is not a joke. Those of us who practice human resources for a living understand all too well how incredibly difficult the world of work has become today. We don't serve in roles where we provide our expertise but don't have the responsibility to execute. Quite the contrary. We have to integrate all that we know, learn, and in some cases pay for, and then execute. Oh yes, and that is on top of our full day.

Part of that elusive balance for me comes in the form of apps like this and this.

Staying Current is Harder
One of the opportunities HR professionals have today is to stay current. Too many times I hear of HR teams that are mired in transactional work (and thinking) which only serves to drag us farther behind.

When I meet with, connect, or interact with other HR pros inside and outside the US, I sense a tremendous amount of pride in not only the work they are doing, but in the organizations they're working for as well. That's powerful! 

It seems to me there must be someway to connect these HR practitioners in a way that allows them to feel comfortable taking risks, trying new tools, and by all means getting active on the various social channels that have become the new way HR operates (or should operate!)

How About You
There is a team ready and willing to help, but there is a shared responsibility with getting over that skills gap. If you're going to be current you have to take the first step...and so many others, including me, will be there to help you once you decide to go for it. 

Are you ready to jump that gap?

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.



  1. I find that too many people aren't willing to take the necessary risk to improve/expand their skills, not just in HR. You tend to get comfortable with the way you always do things, but then you play it too safe, and ultimately risk losing. It's the ones who are ready to jump the gap that will eventually succeed